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March 5, 2015 I The Lovell Chronicle I 11 BY DAVID PECK After being red hot and fired up in a beat-down of the Wyoming Indian Chiefs Friday night, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies weren't quite on their game in Sat- urday afternoon's regional championship game, falling to 3A Northwest rival Grey- bull 65-54 to place second. Although they played hard, the Grizz didn't seem to have the same fire as the night before, and Greybull also played with a will to win, Rocky coach Michael Simmons said. "They played a good game," Simmons said of the Buffaloes. "The 50-50 balls we got the night be- fore it seemed like Grey- bull got them on this night. They seemed one step quicker than we were. And our defense, as good as it was Thursday and Friday, wasn't as solid Saturday." Simmons noted that the team that gets the lead also gets to control the tem- po, in general, and Grey- bull did a good job of play- ing their style of basketball. "I credit Greybull," he said. "Their guards did a good job and hit free throws. They did every- thing they needed to do to win a game like that. "We only went to the line eight times (Greybull 19 times). We need to make adjustments and hope to see them Saturday night at an all-Northwest final (at State)." The two teams trad- ed baskets early, but af- ter the score was tied 7-7, Greybull closed the first quarter with a 10-3 run to lead 17-10 at the break. The Buffs increased the lead to 12 points midway through the second quar- ter, 25-13, but the Grizzlies closed the gap to 9, 29-20, as Cole Simmons drained a three-pointer and Kir- by Winland scored two baskets. Rocky finished the half on a 10-4 run fueled by treys by Tanner Coleman, Canfion Simmons and Cole Wambeke to trail 33-30 at half time. It looked like the Griz- zlies were going to take control of the game in the third quarter as they start- ed the second half with a 9-0 run to lead 39-35. Cole Simmons knocked down a trey, Winland slashed for two and Cannon Simmons converted two steals into points. But with Rocky up 41-37, Greybull closed the third with a 7-0 burst that included a trey at the buzz- er by Wyatt Nielsen. Grey- bull led 44-41 at the quar- ter break. Greybull took control of the game in the fourth quarter and then hit free throws down the stretch. After an inside bucket by Bill Despain brought the Grizz close at 46-45, Grey- bull went on a 9-3 run to lead 55-48 with two min- utes to play. Despain hit back-to-back treys for Lovell, but Greybull closed the game by hitting nine of 13 attempts at the foul line DAVID PECK Senior Kirby Winland rises for a jumper against Greybulrs Jordan Jackson and Treston Tracy d mg Saturday night's regional championship game in Riverton. to win 65-54. Winland had an active game for the Grizzlies, fin- ishing with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists, three steals and three blocked shots. Cannon Simmons added 11 points, Despain 10 points and five rebounds and Cole Simmons 8 points and four assists. GREYBULL (65) Fabian Davila 4 0-2 8, Wyatt Niel- sen 1 0-0 3, Calder Forcella 2 5-6 9, Jordan Jackson 4 2-2 10, Ryan Sylvester 3 2-2 8, Cade Dooley 2 1-2 5, Zach Zeller 2 2-3 6, Dawson Forcella 1 0-0 2, Treston Tracy 6 2-2 1'4. Totals 25 14-19 65. ROCKY (54) John Higgins 0 0-0 0, Cole Sim- mons 3 0-4 8, Bill Despain 4 0-0 10, Caleb Horrocks 0 1-2 1, Cordell McFarlane 0 0-0 0, Cannon Sim- mons 4 1-2 11, Travis Banks 0 0-0 0, Tanner Coleman 2 0-0 6. Totals 21 2-8 54. Greybull 17 16 11 21-65 Rocky Mt.10 20 11 13-54 Three-point field goals - Nielsen 1; Cole Simmons 2, Despain 2, Wambeke 2, Cannon Simmons 2, Coleman 2. Fouled out - none. Total fouls- Greybul113, Rocky 18. STATE TOURNAMENT The Grizzlies enter the state tournament with a 19-5 record and as the high- est finisher from the year before making the tourney this year, with Wyoming Indian out of the picture. The Grizz will take on the third seed from the East Regional, Tongue Riv- er, a familiar foe to Big Horn Basin schools. Rocky beat Tongue River 63-50 in their 0nly meeting this sea- son on Jan. 3 in Cowley, but the Eagles had some big wins this year, Sim- mons said, including wins over Big Horn and Thermo- polis, then went 3-1 in the East Regional, finishing the tournament with con- secutive wins over Moor- croft, 59-49, Big Horn, 55- 52, and Burns, 45-41. Tip-off of the Rocky-TR game is set for noon today (Thursday) at Casper Col- lege, and Simmons said the Grizz will be ready and won't look ahead. "As much as people may want to look at the semifinal game, too many times teams don't get to play the semifinal game," he said. "The adage that you play them one game at a time is always true. To win the tournament you have to win three and you can't have a bump along the way. "There are things we can work on to make our- selves better. We'll work on making ourselves the best we can be and make Tongue River adjust back to US." If the Grizz win, they'll meet the winner of the Pine Bluffs-Lyman game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Casper Events Center. Pine Bluffs (22-1) is the top-ranked team in the state, and Ly- man (12-12) won the 2A Southwest Conference be- fore going 2-2 at Regionals. 2A West Boys Division Thursday, Feb, 26 Rocky 46, Big Piney 30 Wyo. Indian 56, Shoshoni 41 Greybull 56, Wind River 54 Lyman 54, Thermop 40 Friday, Feb. 27 Shoshoni 41, Big Piney 38 Wind River 71, Thermop 53 Losers out Rocky 60, Wyo. indian 43 Greybull 41, Lyman 28 Saturday, Feb. 26 Wind River 53, Wyo. Indian 49 Lyman 47, Shoshoni 37 Losers out Third place game: Wind River 55, Lyman 45 championship game: Greybull 65, Rocky 54 Girls Division Thursday, Feb. 26 Thermop 40, Big Piney 29 Wyo. Indian 43, Shoshoni 28 Kemmerer 59, Rocky 44 Lyman 70, Greybull 51 Friday, Feb. 27 Shoshoni 47, Big Piney 23 Greybul149, Rocky 27 Losers out Wyo. Indian 55, Thermop 50 Lyman 43, Kemmerer 41 Saturday, Feb. 26 Thermop 48, Greybull 38 Shoshoni 51, Kemmerer 45 Losers out Third place game: Thermop 48, Shoshoni 43 Championship game: Lyman 51, Wyo. Indian 48 Kitchen rolls sixth career 300 BY SAM SMITH Mike Kitchen of Lovell rolled his sixth career 300 game Tuesday, Feb. 24, in the Hi-Rollers League at Rose City Lanes. Kitchen rolled the 300 in the last game and rolled a 208 first game and a 184 second game for a 692 series. "I was really happy to roll a half-dozen," Kitch- en said. "Maybe I can roll another half-dozen before I'm too old. That's highly unlikely." Kitchen averages a 214 Tuesdays for the Rose City Lanes team and a 216 Thursdays for the Big Horn Engraving team. He also averages a 206 Fridays for the Sammons Excavation team. In the Latecomers League Friday, Feb. 20, Marie Verdetto rolled 11 strikes in a row for a 290 game. Verdetto rolled the 11 strikes in a row in the sec- ond game of the series. Verdetto averages a 192 Fridays for the Rose City Lanes team and a 189 Thursdays for the NAGOM team. He also averages a 201 Tuesdays for the Mav- erik team. Fuller earns All-State honors in three events at State BY SAM SMITH Seth Fuller, a junior at Rocky Mountain High School, earned All-State honors in the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke and in the 200 freestyle relay team for the Powell Panther boys swimming team at the 3A State Swimming meet Fri- day-Saturday in Gillette. Fuller placed third in the 100-yard freestyle (50.25 seconds) and third in the 100-yard backstroke (58.37). He also participat- ed on the 200-yard medley relay team that placed third with a time of 1:46.01 and on the 200-yard freestyle relay team that placed sec- end with a time of 1:32.25. "Seth Fuller added his name in the 100 free with a time of 50.25 giving him the fifth fastest time in PHS history and narrowly missed the 100 back time by one 10th of a second," coach Jerry Rodrigruez said. Jared Fuller, a fresh- man at Rocky, competed in the 500-yard freestyle and finished the event with a time of 6:25.01 and also competed in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:11.32. Powell took second at the state meet with 185 points behind 19-time state champion Lander with 377 points. Lady Bulldq JVs win two to wrap up season BY SAM SMITH The Lovell Lady Bull- dogs junior varsity basket- ball squad picked up two wins by defeating Land- er at home Friday and the Lady Panthers Saturday in Powell. Lovell defeated Lander in a thriller 38-35 at home Friday. Both teams scored 13 points each in the first quar- ter and nine points in the second to keep things tied up at 22-22 at intermission. The Lady Bulldogs won the third quarter with a 9-6 advantage and tied with the Lady Tigers 7-7 in the fourth to win by three. Emily Snell and Eriko Arimura poured in 12 points each for Lovell and Kaitlyn Mickelson and Sara Clark added 4 apiece, Trysa Flood, Shelby Wardell and Miranda May 2 each. The Lady Bulldogs crushed Powell 41-19 Sat- urday in Powell to finish the season at 8-11. Lovell outscored Powell 24-5 in the first half and 17- 14 in the second. Wardell scored 9 Points for the Lady Bulldogs and Mikkel McIntosh added 7, Snell and Arimura 6 each, Clark 5, Mickelson 4 and Flood and May 2 apiece. The Lady Bulldogs JV team was coached by Dave Scheffler. 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament March 5-7, 2015, Casper #2W Rocky Mountain #3E Tongue River #1E Pine Bluffs Game 8 t 315 - 1:30 pm CO /t-4W Lyman #2E Niobrara Co. Game 14 t 315 - 7:30 pm CO #3W Wind River #1W Greybull Game 16 I 315- 9 ~I.E Burns Game 30 316 - 7:30 pm EC Game 32 316 - 9 pm EC Game 44 3/7- Follows 2A Girls EC Champions Loser Galne 30 Game 40 317 " 3 pm, CO Loser Game 32 3rd Place Loser Game 6 Game 22 316 - 12 pm, EC .................. ..... L2s_e r_G_a_m_e8 ...... Game 37 317 - 12 pm, EC ..... Co--ser--Gam~ ~,~ ..... Game 24 316 - 1:30 pro, EC .................. ..... Lose_.r G_ame _16 .....